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Finally, it’s over or just a beginning?. It is my first time to do an online course. I was excited at first because being accepted to one of a very prestigious university in the Philippines is an honor. Another thing that made me excited was I am going to pursue my long time dream of taking up education course.
All the tasks, module readings and assignments were overwhelming. From one reading to another, from one task to another assignment took a lot of time and effort considering I am a working mom and housewife. However, it all worth it. I told myself ” No matter what, I’m gonna finish this course”. I am more motivated to learn, to learn more. I consider the assignments and tasks a challenges for me.
After finishing all the the modules and doing the final exam, I am relieved now at least. My critical thinking was enhanced and I become more equipped in doing deeper thinking process. As of my learning process, it makes me more aware what need to improve or develop.
I am looking forward to learn more so that I can be an effective educator someday.
In learning, each one of us has certain beliefs that we apply however, if we have an inappropriate assumption of knowledge, it will greatly affect our way of thinking and learning. So, it is very important that our foundation in our epistemic beliefs are complex, allows us to think logically.
My epistemological beliefs in learning is complex, knowledge structure can be transfer and apply information. I do believe that investing a lot of time in learning is fruitful and rewarding. I must admit that I am a slow learner but it is also beneficial for me. I easily figure out the mistake I encounter. I cannot overlook even a small information in which a fast reader or learner can missed. I am a strong believer that ability to learn can improve over time. That’s why I continue to learn and I allow myself to commit mistakes because this can help me to learn more.
These beliefs helps me to facilitate the way I learned. In every subject ( either history, math or science) I encountered during my school days. My beliefs makes me learned more and improved me as a better learner, as a better person.
It takes a lot of effort and time to be a successful learner. It all started when we learned during our younger years. Our construction of understanding depends in the experiences we encounter in our environments. I remember when I was still in grade school, learning is just so simple of recall the words, memorizing simple ideas sometimes I don’t even understand what I am memorizing. All I know is it is necessary for my academic performance grade. However, as we grow older, we are more into a higher order of thinking. remembering that make sense and apply what we have learned. Process of critical thinking is what we are doing by connecting and exploring some viewpoints.
It can make our thinking process improved, learn by incorporating new material .Our creativity are enhanced and we are more motivated to do our task Successful learning is also about understanding new materials, applying what we learned, analyzing the information, evaluate and creating new ideas.
It is enjoyable to learn things especially interesting things. I remember when I was still young, I enjoyed school so much that I memorized all the things in the book. That’s how our brain works. It can even work better than a computer. It process the information, it stores and can retrieve whenever necessary. It can always retrieve the memories, specific dates and emotions that we felt during the time it was happened.
My brain can still retrieve the memories of my first teacher, Mrs. Mabesa. She looks like a strict teacher, wearing glasses, talking loud in the class, holding a long stick that was ready to hit the hands of whoever misbehaving in the class. Of course, no matter how behaved I am during that time, I always feel afraid to her. It didn’t took me too long to retrieve my childhood memories. I can still remember it vividly. From the time I went to kindergarten up to my college days.
My long term memory are still good, my episodic memory are still good. I can say that our brain can store the information that is/are very significant for us . Either it happened yesterday or many years back, it is still in our memories.
One thing I can say our brain does amazingly is the process of memorizing facts, ideas, information. For me, memorizing during my student days were a big thing. That’s why I did clustering which I break down information then connecting the other words to related information. I also use a mnemonics. And it worked for me very well.
My learning experiences makes me more capable to know the different ways how to learn more, develop effective learning strategies, instructional design that can benefit my future students.
Based on my own experience, being a distance learner is challenging yet exciting. This is my first time to take the course without a teacher or classmates around. Only the computer, books, modules and my eagerness to finish the task on time are the one that motivates me to keep on going and going through the rest of the day working my assignments and my course activity. As days goes by, I am beginning to develop a self-discipline. And I consider that particular behavior important for the learners to acquire.
In a distance learning world, learners should have a self discipline to achieve the levels of success they desire. To be able to acquire the self-discipline behavior a student in distance learning course should :
1) Set an Active Goal- active goal setting gives us direction and helps us to avoid distractions by seeing just what needs to be done in a given day.
2) Stay focused- This will help you to set the most important goals on your list for the next day. see yourself achieving your goals and imagine the feelings of success which will come along with this.
3) Prioritize Tasks- accomplish your more stressful tasks first, so that you begin to do this with more consistency, and will be less stressed throughout the rest of your day. This will allow you to be more productive on your other less important activities.
4) Persistence-it is a certain habit that helps us to not give up. It allows us to get back again when we fail.
5) Effectively manage time-we have a room for the stuff that is important we we can properly manage our time. We have room for the activities that will help us achieve our goals.
6) Eat good nutritious foods- Good nutrition equals a smarter brain and better energy. Start your day with a breakfast high in protein and low in carbs.
7) Get sufficient rest- important key to success is to have your mind and body ready and prepared for each day. There is nothing better for concentration and the ability to be patient then getting enough rest.
8) Reward yourself- treat yourself or share time to enjoy with your loved ones when you achieve something.
You should keep positive, maintain healthy and stay motivated which turns you into greater success in life.
References : (2016), Campbell, Sherry. 8 Ways to Create the Disciple Habit.
Wanderlustworker.How to Disciple Yourself with 10 Habits.
When I was still in highschool, I never dreamed of becoming a nurse. I am focused to be in a different field of profession. My older sister during that time was studying the nursing course, was encouraging me to take the same course as her. To make the long story short, I took the course I did not chose to be.
Everyday I go to the school my mother keep on telling me that it is worth to take nursing course because I can have a good life, good job, big opportunity to go abroad if I finish my course. Everyday I went to school, I am not focused. However, every class examination I took, I passed , learning new things in a medical field makes me more eager to learn more. My parents gave me praises because I am starting to like my course. Well, to be honest, they were right. During that time, the praises & encouragement I was receiving challenged me to do my best shot in school. Because of that, I got good grades. That satisfying effect makes me study harder and before I knew it, I finished my nursing course . I’m so glad that my parents were very patience and supportive to me.
Before studying this Module, my definition of intelligence is limited. For me, Intelligence is having great ability to achieve academically and can be able to learn and solve problems fast as compare to the others. But after reading and learning Module 2, I can say that I am more informed and aware about the deeper meaning of intelligence.
Intelligence not only involves mental abilities such as logical reasoning, problem solving, planning. It also includes ability to understand emotions, impulses, moods, building rapport to achieve effective communication to the society, even a passion to work are considered an intelligence. An Emotional Intelligence.
In my personal view, Emotional Intelligence is the most important intelligence. I must admit that it covered the social skills, emotional maturity that is necessary to adapt in our day to day living.
Experts recognized that both genetics and environment influences in determining intelligence. Another thing that catches my attention was about the high IQ person of being successful in their lives.
In our modern society, we always believed that intelligent people or High IQ persons always have a good life, better job, very successful. According to the experts, being successful in life of these High IQ persons are expected. However, it is not enough to have a high intelligence ( IQ) to be successful. There are some factors that can determine a success in work or in life. These are life experiences, educational attainment personality factors( motivated, willingness, creative, committed, and mature emotion).
References: Cherry, K (2016, February).Are People with High IQs More Successful
Cherry,K (2016,May). What Factors Determine Intelligence ?
Cherry,K (2016, June). What are the Different Theories of Intelligence ?